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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

Asia Pacific Studies (Master's)

The Master's Program in Asia Pacific Studies aims to educate and transform students into competent leaders ready to handle challenges facing the Asia Pacific region. Individuals embarking on this program should possess a keen interest in research pertaining to one of two specializations: International Relations or Society and Culture. The broad range of issues addressed in these specializations are supported by four pillars: analytical foundation courses, core courses on the Asia Pacific region, division-specific courses, and research-oriented intensive seminar courses. Under the supervision of their chosen faculty advisors, students will formulate and conduct research that systematically reflects knowledge gained through coursework as well as ideally through fieldwork in the Asia Pacific region.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Science in Asia Pacific Studies
Subject - Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major - International Relations
- Society and Culture
Duration 2 years
Entry Date Spring Enrollment: April 1
Fall Enrollment: September 21
Location 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577 Japan
Area Chugoku, Shikoku & Kyushu Region (Fukuoka, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April 2003
No. of Students 35
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 46
Tuition Fees 1,500,000 yen
Additional Information
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Admission Information
Admission Capacity 15
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility 1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent
2. English language proficiency test score
Minimum requirements:
TOFEL iBT® Test – 85
TOEIC L&R Test – 800
IELTS – 6.5
PTE Academic – 58
Cambridge English Language Assessment – 176
Application Period April 2021 Enrollment:
September 1, 2020 (Tue) - October 21, 2020 (Wed)
September 2021 Enrollment:
September 1, 2020 (Tue) - March 31, 2021 (Wed)
Examination Type & Date After submitting an online application, applicants will take a recorded video interview and online assessment
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee If you reside outside Japan: 5,500 yen (credit card)
If you reside in Japan: 36,800 yen (credit card)

As of June 21, 2020


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